Why does the General Election matter for British food and farming?

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We all want Britain to be healthier, greener and more secure, where generations of farmers are supported to produce home-grown food that’s nutritious, tasty and affordable. And where Britain’s beautiful landscapes - landscapes home to thousands of animal and plant species – are protected.

As the next few weeks unfold, important decisions will be made that will impact British farming, their families and the wealth of food we all love and enjoy. The outcome of this General Election will determine the future direction of this country – in terms of how we trade with the world, to what level we invest in our public services and key industries and whether we remain an attractive location for a skilled and competent global workforce. All of these issues are systemic for British farming – it’s crucial for British food and farmers, and the future of farming in this country.

We must ensure that the next UK government makes British agriculture a priority – protects our food standards, our environment and makes decisions that enables this great British industry to thrive for generations to come.

We know Britain’s ability to produce its own food is precious – now and for future generations. Together, we can ensure Britain and its people enjoy a prosperous farming sector - one that champions world-leading animal welfare, a sustainable environment and an abundance of home-grown food.

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Did you know:

  • British farmers are proud to produce the UK’s food to some of the highest standards in the world, providing 61% of the food eaten in the UK. These standards are world-leading and uphold British values. We must champion British food standards with any future trade deals.
  • British farmers are our countryside champions, working for everyone to provide the raw ingredients for a food and farming sector worth almost £122 billion and employs over 4 million people.
  • British farmers are our countryside champions, enhancing our iconic landscapes that we cherish - maintaining habitats for native plants and animals, footpaths, and supporting wildlife species. But it doesn’t stop there. Britain’s farmers are working hard to drive innovation and increase productivity. They’re stepping up to the climate change challenge and working hard to deliver net zero by 2040.

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Last edited: 29 November 2019 at 16:15

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